PICTOU LANDING – A celebration of Mi’kmaq culture and spirit is taking place this weekend at Pictou Landing First Nations.
The 2014 Pictou Landing Aboriginal Mi’kmaq First Nations 22nd Annual Powwow began Thursday with the lighting of the sacred fire and will continue throughout the weekend, said Sandy Denny of the Pictou Landing First Nations community.
All events will take place on the powwow field which can be accessed upon entering Pictou Landing First Nations.
Events will continue today at 7 p.m. with a hot dog roast and from 8 to 10 p.m. will be karaoke. On Saturday, breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by registration from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for flag carriers.
The Grand Entry will begin at 1 p.m. which includes dance and drumming displays as well as participants dressed in traditional Mi’kmaq clothing. During the Grand Entry, all spectators are asked to rise as flags and eagle staffs of the hosts and visitors are brought in. This part of the powwow will continue until 6 p.m. during which time the Grand Exit will take place.
Denny said these events will be followed by a feast at 6:15 p.m. and a drumming competition from 8 to 10 p.m.
On Sunday, breakfast will be served again from 8 to 10 a.m. followed again with registration for the Grand Entry at 11 a.m. The Grand Entry will begin at noon and a give-away ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday’s events will end at 5 p.m. with a free lobster supper. The master of ceremonies for the weekend will be Jim Augustine.
Denny said everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of the events. He said drugs or alcohol are not permitted near the powwow grounds.